The NHS has backed a programme to invest £2.1m into innovative technologies to improve general practice.
The programme, led by SBRI Healthcare, has seen a total of 22 companies given awards of up to £100,000 to develop and commercialise new technologies that will improve GP practices.
The awards cover three key areas of general practice: self-care, diagnostics and earlier triage, and workload and demand management.
Dr Liz Mear, chair of the AHSN Network, said: ‘There are few areas of our daily lives that remain untouched by technological advancement. Through the SBRI Healthcare programme, the AHSN Network is working with industry partners to develop solutions that will help deliver high quality GP services to a growing and aging population, and ensure patients across the country benefit from new and innovative technologies.’
Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the Royal College of GPs, said that general practice had always been a ‘trailblazer’ for innovations.
‘At a time when our profession is under intense resource and workforce pressures, it is important that we continue to encourage and support new ideas that can benefit the care we deliver to patients, and make life that little bit easier for healthcare professionals right across the NHS,’ she said.